England arrived in India with high hopes of capping a memorable 2011 with a ODI series victory against a team that they whitewashed at Test Match level during the summer, although it has instead turned into a humbling experience.
India tied up the series in Mohali last week in a closely-fought match, although England crumbled in Mumbai on Sunday to lose by six wickets with 59 balls remaining.
The big question is whether the tourists can avoid the whitewash on Tuesday when the teams clash for the final time in Kolkata and India are no bigger than 4/7 (bet365 – £200 free bets) to reward some of their backers for a fifth consecutive time.
Indeed, those customers that have kept backing the home side throughout the series will be counting their profits and the 4th ODI indicated that the Indians are not short of motivation despite winning the series.
Virat Kohli has demonstrated that he has a bright future at all levels for his nation and can be backed at 9/2 (Victor Chandler – £25 free betting) to score the most runs for India while Suresh Raina is a 5/1 chance (Ladbrokes) and is also in form.
As for England, they won the toss in Mumbai although managed just 220 runs before being bowled out and they are a 6/4 chance to claim victory in this final 5th ODI.
Few of the English players are going to emerge from this series with much credit and Kevin Pietersen might be the best bet to score the most runs.